Quarterly Report




UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q


QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2010
   
Commission file number 000-26621

NIC INC.
                                                                (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
52-2077581
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
   
25501 West Valley Parkway, Suite 300, Olathe, Kansas 66061
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (877) 234-3468


 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  x     No  o

 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).   Yes o No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer" and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer o
Accelerated filer  x
 
Non-accelerated filer  o
Smaller reporting company o
 
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes  o   No  x

As of April 30, 2010, the number of shares outstanding of the registrant's common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, was 63,446,794.

 
 

 
 

 
PART I- FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 
NIC INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(UNAUDITED)
 
thousands
 
             
             
   
March 31,
 2010
   
December 31, 2009
 
ASSETS
 
 Current assets:
           
   Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 45,674     $ 68,632  
   Trade accounts receivable
    38,756       38,964  
   Deferred income taxes, net
    938       834  
   Prepaid expenses & other current assets
    5,100       3,231  
     Total current assets
    90,468       111,661  
 Property and equipment, net
    6,339       6,428  
 Intangible assets, net
    1,902       1,991  
    Deferred income taxes, net
    3,037       3,285  
 Other assets
    274       242  
Total assets
  $ 102,020     $ 123,607  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
 Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  $ 37,818     $ 42,872  
Accrued expenses
    11,052       12,793  
  Other current liabilities
    420       777  
     Total current liabilities
    49,290       56,442  
                 
    Other long-term liabilities
    578       607  
Total liabilities
    49,868       57,049  
                 
    Commitments and contingencies (Notes 1, 2, and 6)
    -       -  
                 
 Stockholders' equity:
               
   Common stock, $0.0001 par, 200,000 shares authorized,
               
   63,447 and 63,239 shares issued and outstanding
    6       6  
  Additional paid-in capital
    121,858       139,587  
    Accumulated deficit
    (69,712 )     (73,035 )
     Total stockholders' equity
    52,152       66,558  
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
  $ 102,020     $ 123,607  
                 
The accompanying Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
 


 
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NIC INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
(UNAUDITED)
 
thousands except for per share amounts
 
             
   
Three-months ended
March 31,
 
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
Revenues:
           
 Portal revenues
  $ 37,186     $ 26,404  
 Software & services revenues
    1,071       1,006  
    Total revenues
    38,257       27,410  
Operating expenses:
               
Cost of portal revenues, exclusive of depreciation
               
& amortization
    23,295       14,892  
Cost of software & services revenues, exclusive of
               
depreciation & amortization
    929       616  
Selling & administrative
    7,303       6,271  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets
    81       -  
Depreciation & amortization
    1,082       936  
Total operating expenses
    32,690       22,715  
Operating income
    5,567       4,695  
Other income (expense):
               
Interest income
    1       41  
Other expense, net
    -       (1 )
Total other income (expense)
    1       40  
Income before income taxes
    5,568       4,735  
Income tax provision
    2,245       1,957  
Net income
  $ 3,323     $ 2,778  
                 
Basic net income per share
  $ 0.05     $ 0.04  
Diluted net income per share
  $ 0.05     $ 0.04  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
               
Basic
    63,267       62,796  
Diluted
    63,340       62,844  
                 
The accompanying Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
 
                 

 


 
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NIC INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
(UNAUDITED)
 
thousands
 
                               
                               
               
Additional
             
   
Common Stock
   
Paid-in
   
Accumulated
       
   
Shares
   
Amount
   
Capital
   
Deficit
   
Total
 
Balance, January 1, 2010
    63,239       6       139,587       (73,035 )     66,558  
Net income
    -       -       -       3,323       3,323  
Cash dividends on common stock (Note 4)
    -       -       (19,312 )     -       (19,312 )
Shares surrendered upon vesting of restricted
                                       
     stock to satisfy tax withholdings
    (25 )     -       (200 )     -       (200 )
Restricted stock vestings
    77       -       -       -       -  
Stock-based compensation
    -       -       1,040       -       1,040  
Tax deductions relating to stock-based
                                       
     compensation
    -       -       61       -       61  
Issuance of common stock under
                                       
     employee stock purchase plan
    156       -       682       -       682  
Balance, March 31, 2010
    63,447     $ 6     $ 121,858     $ (69,712 )   $ 52,152  
                                         
The accompanying Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
 

 

 
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NIC INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
(UNAUDITED)
 
thousands
 
   
Three-months ended
 
   
March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
     
Net income
  $ 3,323     $ 2,778  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in)
               
     operating activities:
               
     Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets
    81       -  
     Depreciation & amortization
    1,082       936  
     Stock-based compensation expense
    1,040       568  
     Deferred income taxes
    144       1,618  
     Loss on disposal of property and equipment
    -       1  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
     Decrease in trade accounts receivable
    208       2,562  
     (Increase) in prepaid expenses & other current assets
    (1,869 )     (126 )
     (Increase) in other assets
    (32 )     -  
     (Decrease) in accounts payable
    (5,054 )     (1,225 )
     (Decrease) in accrued expenses
    (1,941 )     (1,511 )
     Increase (decrease) in other current liabilities
    (357 )     180  
     (Decrease) in other long-term liabilities
    (29 )     (125 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    (3,404 )     5,656  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
Purchases of property and equipment
    (850 )     (545 )
Capitalized internal use software development costs
    (135 )     (109 )
Net cash used in investing activities
    (985 )     (654 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Cash dividends on common stock
    (19,312 )     (19,150 )
Proceeds from employee common stock purchases
    682       465  
Tax deductions related to stock-based compensation
    61       -  
Net cash used in financing activities
    (18,569 )     (18,685 )
                 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
    (22,958 )     (13,683 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
    68,632       60,373  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
  $ 45,674     $ 46,690  
                 
Other cash flow information:
               
Income taxes paid
  $ 3,137     $ 792  
                 
The accompanying Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
 
                 




 
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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

The interim consolidated financial statements of NIC Inc. and its subsidiaries ("NIC" or the "Company") included herein have been prepared, without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Certain information and disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations.  In management's opinion, the unaudited interim consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments (which include only normal recurring adjustments, except as disclosed) necessary to present fairly the consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the Company and its subsidiaries as of the dates and for the interim periods presented.  These unaudited consolidated financial statements and notes should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and related notes and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the SEC on March 16, 2010, and Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in this Form 10-Q.  The consolidated balance sheet data included herein as of December 31, 2009 was derived from audited financial statements, but does not include all disclosures required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The results of operations for the three-month period ended March 31, 2010 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year ending December 31, 2010.

1. THE COMPANY AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The Company

NIC is a provider of eGovernment services that helps governments use the Internet to increase internal efficiencies and provide a higher level of service to businesses and citizens.  The Company accomplishes this currently through two channels: its primary portal outsourcing businesses and its software & services businesses.
 
In its primary portal outsourcing business, the Company designs, builds and operates Internet-based, enterprise-wide portals on behalf of state and local governments desiring to provide access to government information and to complete government-based transactions online.  These portals consist of Web sites and applications the Company has built that allow businesses and citizens to access government information online and complete transactions, including applying for a permit, retrieving driver’s license records or filing a government-mandated form or report.  Operating under multiple-year contracts (see Note 2), NIC markets the services and solicits users to complete government-based transactions and to enter into subscriber contracts permitting users to access the portal and the government information contained therein in exchange for transactional and/or subscription user fees. The Company manages operations for each contractual relationship through separate local subsidiaries that operate as decentralized businesses with a high degree of autonomy.  NIC’s self-funding business model allows the Company to generate revenues by sharing in the fees the Company collects from eGovernment transactions.  The Company’s government partners benefit through reducing their financial and technology risks, increasing their operational efficiencies and gaining a centralized, customer-focused presence on the Internet, while businesses and citizens receive a faster, more convenient and more cost-effective means to interact with governments.  The Company is typically responsible for funding up-front investment and ongoing operations and maintenance costs of the government portals.
 
The Company’s software & services businesses primarily include its subsidiaries that provide software development and services other than portal outsourcing services to state and local governments, and include NIC Technologies and NIC Conquest.  NIC Technologies designs and develops online campaign expenditure and ethics compliance systems for federal and state government agencies through its contracts with the Federal Election Commission and the state of Michigan.  During the third quarter of 2009, NIC Technologies entered into a new contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) to develop and manage a National Motor Carrier Pre-Employment Screening Program (“NMCPSP”).  The NMCPSP is currently expected to launch during the second quarter of 2010.  The contract has an initial one-year term, with four single-year renewals at the option of the FMCSA.  
 
 
 
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     NIC Conquest completed the maintenance and operations phase of its one remaining contract to provide software applications and services for electronic filings and document management for the California Secretary of State (“California SOS”) effective December 31, 2009, and delivered a final release of its application to the California SOS for acceptance testing.  During the first quarter of 2010, the California SOS completed its acceptance testing and moved the final release into production.  As a result, NIC Conquest has no future obligations under this contract.  NIC offers UCC applications through several of its state portals, typically through the Secretary of State’s office; however, transactional revenues associated with these applications are not associated with NIC Conquest and are included in portal revenues.

Basis of presentation

The Company classifies its revenues and cost of revenues into two categories: (1) portal and (2) software & services.  The portal category includes revenues from the Company’s subsidiaries operating government portals under long-term contracts on an outsourced basis.  The software & services category includes revenues primarily from the Company’s software & services businesses.  The primary categories of operating expenses include: cost of portal revenues, cost of software & services revenues, selling & administrative, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and depreciation & amortization.  Cost of portal revenues consist of all direct costs associated with operating government portals on an outsourced basis including employee compensation (including stock-based compensation), telecommunications, merchant fees required to process credit card and automated clearinghouse transactions, and all other costs associated with the provision of dedicated client service such as dedicated facilities.  Cost of software & services revenues consist of all direct project costs to provide software development and services such as employee compensation (including stock-based compensation), subcontractor labor costs, and all other direct project costs including hardware, software, materials, travel and other out-of-pocket expenses.  Selling & administrative costs consist primarily of corporate-level expenses relating to human resource management, administration, information technology, security, legal, finance and accounting, and all costs of non-customer service personnel from the Company’s software & services businesses, including information systems and office rent.  Selling & administrative costs also consist of stock-based compensation and corporate-level expenses for market development and public relations.

Capitalized internal use software development costs are included in intangible assets in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.  Certain amounts in the 2009 financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the 2010 presentation.

Earnings per share

The Company accounts for its service-based restricted stock awards, which contain non-forfeitable rights to dividends as participating securities.  Accordingly, service-based restricted stock awards were included in the calculation of earnings per share using the two-class method, which is an earnings allocation formula that treats a participating security as having rights to undistributed earnings that would otherwise have been available to common stockholders.  Unvested service-based restricted shares totaled approximately 1.1 million and 1.0 million at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.  Basic earnings per share is calculated by first allocating earnings between common stockholders and participating securities.  Earnings attributable to common stockholders are divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the relevant period.  Diluted earnings per share is calculated by giving effect to dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the relevant period.  The dilutive effect of stock options and shares related to the employee stock purchase plan is determined based on the treasury stock method.  The dilutive effect of service-based restricted stock awards is based on the more dilutive of the treasury stock method or the two-class method assuming a reallocation of undistributed earnings to common stockholders after considering the dilutive effect of potential common shares other than the participating unvested restricted awards.


 
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The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share (in thousands, except per share amounts):

   
Three months ended March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
Numerator:
           
   Net income
  $ 3,323     $ 2,778  
   Less: Income allocated to participating securities
    (306 )     (290 )
   Net income available to common stockholders
  $ 3,017     $ 2,488  
Denominator:
               
   Weighted average shares – basic
    63,267       62,796  
   Stock options and restricted stock awards
    73       48  
   Weighted average shares – diluted
    63,340       62,844  
                 
Basic net income per share:
               
    Net income
  $ 0.05     $ 0.04  
                 
Diluted net income per share:
               
    Net income
  $ 0.05     $ 0.04  

Outstanding stock options totaling approximately 2,000 shares for the three-month period ended March 31, 2009  were not included in the computation of diluted weighted average shares outstanding because their exercise prices were in excess of the average stock price of the Company during the period.  There were no outstanding stock options excluded from the computation of diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the three-month period ended March 31, 2010.

Concentration of credit risk

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to significant concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable.  The Company limits its exposure to credit loss by depositing its cash with high credit quality financial institutions and monitoring the financial stability of those institutions.  At March 31, 2010, the amount of cash held in domestic non-interest bearing checking accounts was approximately $43.9 million, while the amount of cash held in interest-bearing sweep accounts was approximately $1.8 million.  The Company limits its exposure to credit loss by investing the cash held in its sweep accounts primarily in U.S. government money market accounts that purchase U.S. agency instruments, direct obligations of the U.S. Treasury or repurchase agreements secured by U.S. agency instruments.  The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers and generally requires no collateral to secure accounts receivable.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In October 2009, the FASB issued new guidance related to the accounting for multiple-deliverable revenue arrangements.  These new rules amend the existing guidance for separating consideration into multiple-deliverable arrangements and establish a selling price hierarchy for determining the selling price of a deliverable.  The new guidance regarding multiple-deliverable revenue arrangements is effective for the Company beginning January 1, 2011; however, early adoption is permitted.  The guidance may be applied retrospectively or prospectively for new or materially modified arrangements.  The Company is currently evaluating the requirements of this new guidance and has not yet determined the impact, if any, on its consolidated financial statements.

 
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In October 2009, the FASB issued new guidance that changes the accounting model for revenue arrangements that include both tangible products and software elements.  Tangible products containing software components and non-software components that function together to deliver the tangible product’s essential functionality are no longer within the scope of the software revenue guidance.  The new guidance regarding software revenue arrangements is effective for the Company beginning January 1, 2011; however, early adoption is permitted.  The guidance may be applied retrospectively or prospectively for new or materially modified arrangements.  The Company is currently evaluating the requirements of this new guidance and has not yet determined the impact, if any, on its consolidated financial statements.


2. OUTSOURCED GOVERNMENT PORTAL CONTRACTS

The Company currently has contracts to provide portal outsourcing services for 23 states, and was recently awarded a new portal contract in New Jersey, which has not yet fully deployed.  These contracts generally have an initial term of three to five years with provisions for renewals for various periods at the option of the government.  The Company's primary business obligation under these contracts is to design, build and operate Internet-based portals on an enterprise-wide basis on behalf of governments desiring to provide access to government information and to complete government-based transactions online. NIC typically markets the services and solicits users to complete government-based transactions and to enter into subscriber contracts permitting the user to access the portal and the government information contained therein in exchange for transactional and/or subscription user fees.  The Company enters into separate agreements with various agencies and divisions of the government to provide specific services and to conduct specific transactions. These agreements preliminarily establish the pricing of the electronic transactions and data access services the Company provides and the division of revenues between the Company and the government agency. The government oversight authority must approve prices and revenue sharing agreements.  The Company has limited control over the level of fees it is permitted to retain.  Any changes made to the amount or percentage of fees retained by NIC, or to the amounts charged for the services offered, could adversely affect the profitability of the respective contract to NIC.

The Company is typically responsible for funding up-front investment and ongoing operations and maintenance costs of the government portals, and generally owns all applications developed under these contracts. After completion of a defined contract term, the government agency typically receives a perpetual, royalty-free license to the applications for use only. However, certain customer management, billing and payment processing software applications that the Company has developed and standardized centrally and that are utilized by the Company’s portal businesses, are being provided to an increasing number of government partners on a software-as-a-service basis, and thus would not be included in any royalty-free license.  If the Company's contract were not to be renewed after a defined term, the government agency would be entitled to take over the portal in place with no future obligation of the Company, except for services provided by the Company on a software-as-a-service basis, which would be available to the government agency on a fee-for-service basis.

Any renewal of these contracts beyond the initial term is optional and a government may terminate its contract prior to the expiration date upon specific cause events that are not cured within a specified period and, in certain circumstances, upon passing legislation.  Nine contracts under which the Company provides portal outsourcing services can be terminated without cause on a specified period of notice; collectively, revenues generated from these contracts represented 53% of the Company’s portal revenues for the three-month period ended March 31, 2010.  In the event that any of these contracts would be terminated without cause, the terms of the respective contract may require the government to pay a fee to the Company in order to continue to use the Company’s software in its portal.  In addition, the loss of one or more of the Company’s larger state portal partners, such as Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Utah or Virginia, as a result of the expiration, termination or failure to renew the respective contract, if such partner is not replaced, could significantly reduce the Company’s revenues and profitability.

At March 31, 2010, the Company was bound by performance bond commitments totaling approximately $4.5 million on certain portal outsourcing contracts.  Under a typical portal contract, the Company is required to fully indemnify its government clients against claims that the Company’s services infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others and against claims arising from the Company’s performance or the performance of the Company’s subcontractors under the contract.


 
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The following is a summary of the Company’s twenty-three outsourced state government portal contracts at March 31, 2010 together with the year the Company commenced providing services to the state:
 
 
NIC Subsidiary
 
Portal Web Site (State)
Year Services
Commenced
Contract Expiration Date
( Renewal Options Through)
New Mexico Interactive, LLC
www.mvd.newmexico.gov (New Mexico)
2009
6/1/2010 (6/1/2013)
Texas NICUSA, LLC
www.TexasOnline.com (Texas)
2009
8/31/2016
West Virginia Interactive
www.WV.gov (West Virginia)
2007
6/30/2010
NICUSA, AZ Division
www.AZ.gov (Arizona)
2007
6/26/2011 (6/26/2013)
Vermont Information Consortium
www.Vermont.gov (Vermont)
2006
10/14/2012
Colorado Interactive
www.Colorado.gov (Colorado)
2005
5/19/2010 (5/19/2014)
South Carolina Interactive
www.SC.gov (South Carolina)
2005
7/15/2014
Kentucky Interactive
www.Kentucky.gov (Kentucky)
2003
8/19/2012 (8/19/2015)
Alabama Interactive
www.Alabama.gov (Alabama)
2002
2/28/2011 (2/28/2012)
Rhode Island Interactive
www.RI.gov (Rhode Island)
2001
8/7/2010 (8/7/2012)
Oklahoma Interactive
www.OK.gov (Oklahoma)
2001
12/31/2010 (12/31/2014)
Montana Interactive
www.MT.gov (Montana)
2001
12/31/2010
NICUSA, TN Division
www.Tennessee.gov (Tennessee)
2000
8/27/2010
Hawaii Information Consortium
www.Hawaii.gov (Hawaii)
2000
1/3/2013 (unlimited 3-year renewal options)
Idaho Information Consortium
www.Idaho.gov (Idaho)
2000
6/30/2011 (6/30/2015)
Utah Interactive
www.Utah.gov (Utah)
1999
6/5/2013 (6/5/2019)
Maine Information Network
www.Maine.gov (Maine)
1999
3/14/2012 (3/14/2018)
Arkansas Information Consortium
www.Arkansas.gov (Arkansas)
1997
6/30/2010
Iowa Interactive
www.Iowa.gov (Iowa)
1997
3/31/2011 (3/31/2012)
Virginia Interactive
www.Virginia.gov (Virginia)
1997
8/31/2012
Indiana Interactive
www.IN.gov (Indiana)
1995
6/30/2010 (6/30/2014)
Nebraska Interactive
www.Nebraska.gov (Nebraska)
1995
1/31/2014 (1/31/2016)
Kansas Information Consortium
www.Kansas.gov (Kansas)
1992
12/31/2012 (12/31/2016)

During the first quarter of 2010, the Company entered into a new four-year contract with the state of Nebraska, which includes an option for the government to extend the contract for an additional two-year renewal term.  The Company also received one-year contract extensions from the states of Alabama and Arizona.

3. ACQUIRED TEXAS PORTAL MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS

On May 29, 2009, the Company, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Texas NICUSA, LLC (“TXNICUSA”), completed the acquisition of certain assets from BearingPoint, Inc. (“BearingPoint”), including the then-current portal management contract for TexasOnline, the official Web site of the state of Texas, through December 31, 2009 (the “Acquired Texas Contracts”).  The acquired assets were part of BearingPoint’s North American Public Services Unit which BearingPoint previously agreed to sell to Deloitte LLP (“Deloitte”) pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement dated March 23, 2009 (“Asset Purchase Agreement”).  BearingPoint had previously filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in February 2009.  Pursuant to the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement, Deloitte designated the Company as the acquirer of certain designated contracts and assets, and the Company acquired the rights to the designated contracts and the assets directly from BearingPoint.

The Company paid Deloitte $1.5 million in cash in exchange for the designation of the Company as the acquirer of the designated contracts and assets from BearingPoint.  The Company funded the purchase price from its existing cash resources.

The acquisition was accounted for under the purchase method of accounting.  For further discussion of the Company’s acquisition of the Acquired Texas Contracts, see Note 4 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Company’s 2009 Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2010.
 
 
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The following unaudited pro forma information presents consolidated financial results as if the acquisition was completed as of January 1, 2009.  This supplemental unaudited pro forma information has been prepared for comparative purposes only and is not intended to be indicative of what the Company’s results would have been had the acquisition been completed on January 1, 2009, nor does it purport to be indicative of any future results.
 
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Three months ended
 March 31, 2009
 
Revenues
  $ 36,355  
Net income
  $ 5,437  
Net income per common share:
       
     Basic
  $ 0.09  
     Diluted
  $ 0.09  

These amounts have been calculated after applying the Company’s accounting policies and adjusting the results to reflect the $2.2 million nonrecurring gain on acquisition of business (net of tax) and additional amortization expense that would have been incurred assuming the fair value adjustments to the net assets acquired had been applied from January 1, 2009, as applicable, together with the consequential tax effects.

As discussed in Note 3 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Company’s 2009 Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2010, during the third quarter of 2009, the Company entered into a new seven year contract with the state of Texas to manage the state’s official government portal (the “New Texas Contract”).  The New Texas Contract commenced on January 1, 2010 and runs through August 31, 2016.  The New Texas Contract has terms substantially different than the Acquired Texas Contracts.  The Acquired Texas Contracts expired December 31, 2009, except that certain Master Work Order projects expire August 31, 2012 and others expire August 31, 2014.

4. SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

On February 1, 2010, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.30 per share, payable to stockholders of record as of February 16, 2010.  The dividend, totaling approximately $19.3 million, was paid on February 26, 2010 on 63,276,943 outstanding shares of common stock.  A dividend equivalent of $0.30 per share was also paid simultaneously on 1,099,352 unvested shares of restricted stock granted under the Company’s 2006 Stock Option and Incentive Plan. The dividend was paid out of the Company’s available cash.

The dividend may result in a partial return of capital to stockholders, with the balance being taxable to stockholders as a qualified dividend.  The exact amount of the return of capital, if any, is dependent on the earnings and profits of the Company through the end of its 2010 fiscal year.

5. STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

During the first quarter of 2010, the Board of Directors of the Company granted certain management-level employees and executive officers service-based restricted stock awards totaling 79,523 shares with a grant-date fair value of $8.34 per share, totaling approximately $0.7 million.  Such restricted stock awards vest beginning one year from the date of grant in cumulative annual installments of 25%.  Restricted stock is valued at the date of grant, based on the closing market price of the Company’s common stock, and expensed using the straight-line method over the requisite service period.

During the first quarter of 2010, the Board of Directors of the Company also granted certain executive officers performance-based restricted stock awards pursuant to the terms of the Company’s executive compensation program totaling 126,219 shares, with a grant date fair value of $8.34 per share, totaling approximately $1.1 million, which represents the maximum number of shares able to be earned by the executive officers at the end of a three-year performance period ending December 31, 2012.  The actual number of shares earned will be based on the Company’s performance related to the following performance criteria over the performance period:

·  
Operating income growth (three-year compound annual growth rate)
·  
Total revenue growth (three-year compound annual growth rate)
·  
Cash flow return on invested capital (three-year average)
 
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At the end of the three-year period, the executive officers will receive a specified number of shares based upon certain historical performance criteria.
 
Performance-based restricted stock is valued at the date of grant, based on the closing market price of the Company’s common stock, and expensed over the requisite service period, beginning on the date of grant, based upon the probable number of shares expected to vest.

The following table presents stock-based compensation expense included in the Company’s consolidated statements of income (in thousands):

   
Three months ended
 March 31,
 
   
2010
   
2009
 
Cost of portal revenues, exclusive of depreciation & amortization
  $ 261     $ 188  
Cost of software & services revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization
    12       8  
Selling & administrative
    752       371  
 
Stock-based compensation expense before income taxes
    1,025       567  
Income tax benefit
    (400 )     (221 )
                 
Net stock-based compensation expense
  $ 625     $ 346  

6. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

SEC Investigation

The Company has previously disclosed an investigation by the staff of the Division of Enforcement (the "Staff") of the SEC regarding the reimbursement of expenses to Jeffrey S. Fraser, the Company's former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.  The Company has fully cooperated with the Staff’s investigation, has engaged in its own thorough and independent internal investigation through its Audit Committee for the period from 2004 through June 2007 and its Audit Committee is further reviewing expense reimbursement to Mr. Fraser for 1999 through 2003, has bolstered its compliance procedures and internal controls, and has sought and obtained restitution from Mr. Fraser of expenses paid by the Company that Mr. Fraser was not authorized to receive.
 
On March 9, 2010, the Company and Harry H. Herington, the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen M. Kovzan, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, and William F. Bradley, Jr., the Company's Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel (collectively the “Officers”), received "Wells Notices" from the Staff .   A Wells Notice provides recipients with an opportunity to respond to issues raised in an investigation prior to any decision by the SEC on bringing an enforcement action, and is neither a formal allegation nor a finding of wrongdoing.
 
The Wells Notice stated that the Staff is considering recommending that the SEC authorize a civil injunctive action against the Company and its Officers alleging violations of various provisions of the federal securities laws.  The Staff indicated that it may seek a permanent injunction and civil penalties against the Company and its Officers, disgorgement and officer and director bars against the Officers, and permanent suspensions from appearing and practicing before the SEC against Mr. Kovzan and Mr. Bradley.
 
It appears that the Staff believes that the Company and its Officers should have responded sooner and more completely to indications of potential misconduct by Mr. Fraser involving claiming personal expenses as reimbursable business expenses.  Any expense reimbursements improperly claimed by Mr. Fraser were not authorized by the Company's board of directors or any of its committees as compensation or loans.  It appears that the Staff also believes that the Company and its Officers should have characterized certain authorized payments to Mr. Fraser as compensation rather than reimbursed business expenses, including payments relating to travel by Mr. Fraser from Jackson, Wyoming to the Company's headquarters in Kansas. The Staff did not indicate that it believes Mr. Herington, Mr. Kovzan, or Mr. Bradley personally received any inappropriate expense reimbursements or that there was any failure to properly disclose their own compensation. The Company and the Officers disagree with the proposed recommendations of the Staff and are prepared to explain their reasons for this view. The Company and the Officers provided their responsive Wells Submissions to the SEC in April 2010.
 
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It is the Company's understanding that the Staff is reviewing a portion of 2008 regarding the reimbursement of expenses to Mr. Fraser in addition to its review of 2002 – 2007. In the event that the SEC investigation or Audit Committee review results in the identification of additional personal expense amounts that Mr. Fraser was not authorized to receive, the Company will seek repayment of such additional amounts from Mr. Fraser.
 
Even if the Staff's view of the characterization of Mr. Fraser’s expenses is finally determined to be correct, the Company believes that the expenses would continue to be reflected as selling and administrative expenses in the Company's results for the period from 2002 through 2007 and would not significantly change the Company's operating income (loss) or net income (loss) during any of those periods.
 
There can be no assurance that the SEC will not take actions that could adversely affect the Company as a result of the matters described above.  Among other things, if the SEC were to authorize and obtain officer and director bars in a SEC civil injunctive action against any of the members of management referenced above, the Company would lose the services of key personnel that could be expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company.
 
Selling & administrative expenses for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 include approximately $0.7 million and $0.4 million, respectively, of legal fees and other third-party expenses incurred in connection with the ongoing SEC investigation and the Audit Committee review.  The Company expects to continue to incur significant legal fees and other expenses and could incur fines or other penalties in connection with the ongoing SEC investigation and Audit Committee review.

Litigation

The Company is involved from time to time in legal proceedings and litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. However, the Company is not currently involved with any legal proceedings.

7. REPORTABLE SEGMENTS AND RELATED INFORMATION

The Company’s two reportable segments consist of its Outsourced Portal businesses and Software & Services businesses.  The Outsourced Portals segment includes the Company's subsidiaries operating outsourced state government portals and the corporate divisions that directly support portal operations.  The Software & Services segment includes the Company’s subsidiaries that provide software development and services other than portal outsourcing services to state and local governments, and primarily includes NIC Technologies and NIC Conquest.  Each of the Company’s Software & Services businesses is an operating segment and has been aggregated to form the Software & Services reportable segment. Unallocated corporate-level expenses are reported in the reconciliation of the segment totals to the related consolidated totals as "Other Reconciling Items."  There have been no significant intersegment transactions for the periods reported.  The summary of significant accounting policies applies to all segments.

The measure of profitability by which management evaluates the performance of its segments and allocates resources to them is operating income (loss).  Segment asset or other segment balance sheet information is not presented to the Company’s chief operating decision maker.  Accordingly, the Company has not presented information relating to segment assets.


 
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The table below reflects summarized financial information for the Company's reportable segments for the three-months ended March 31 (in thousands):
   
Outsourced
Portals
   
Software & Services
   
Other Reconciling Items
   
Consolidated Total
 
2010
                       
Revenues
  $ 37,186     $ 1,071     $ -     $ 38,257  
                                 
Costs & expenses
    24,644       1,102       5,781       31,527  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible
   assets
    81       -       -       81  
Depreciation & amortization
    958       19       105       1,082  
Operating income (loss)
  $ 11,503     $ (50 )   $ (5,886 )   $ 5,567  
                                 
2009
                               
Revenues
  $ 26,404     $ 1,006     $ -     $ 27,410  
                                 
Costs & expenses
    16,153       743       4,883       21,779  
Depreciation & amortization
    823       16       97       936  
Operating income (loss)
  $ 9,428     $ 247     $ (4,980 )   $ 4,695  

The following is a reconciliation of total segment operating income to total consolidated income before income taxes for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

   
2010
   
2009
 
Total operating income for reportable segments
  $ 5,567     $ 4,695  
Interest income
    1       41  
Other expense, net
    -       (1 )
                 
Consolidated income before income taxes
  $ 5,568     $ 4,735  




 
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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

"Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q regarding NIC Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”, “NIC”, “we” or “us”) and its business, which are not current or historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties.   Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements of plans and objectives, statements of future economic performance or financial projections, statements of assumptions underlying such statements, and statements of NIC's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future. For example, statements like we "expect," we "believe," we "plan," we "intend" or we "anticipate" are forward-looking statements.  Investors should be aware that our actual operating results and financial performance may differ materially from our expressed expectations because of risks and uncertainties about the future including those risks discussed in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in our 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 16, 2010.

There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested or indicated by such forward-looking statements.  These include, among others, NIC’s ability to successfully integrate into its operations recently awarded eGovernment contracts or acquired assets or entities; NIC’s ability to successfully increase the adoption and use of eGovernment services; the success of the Company in signing contracts with new states and government agencies, including continued favorable government legislation; NIC's ability to develop new services; existing states and agencies adopting those new services; acceptance of eGovernment services by businesses and citizens; competition; the SEC investigation; and general economic conditions (including the current economic slowdown) and the other factors discussed under “CAUTIONS ABOUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS” in Part I and “RISK FACTORS” in Part I, Item 1A of NIC’s 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2010 with the SEC and “RISK FACTORS” in Part II, Item 1A of this Form 10-Q.  Investors should read all of these discussions of risks carefully.

We will not necessarily update the information in this Form 10-Q if any forward-looking statement later turns out to be inaccurate.  Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on any forward-looking statement.

WHAT WE DO – AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

We are a leading provider of eGovernment services that help governments use the Internet to reduce costs and provide a higher level of service to businesses and citizens. We accomplish this currently through two channels: our core portal outsourcing businesses and our software & services businesses.

In our core business, portal outsourcing, we enter into contracts primarily with state governments and design, build and operate enterprise-wide, Web-based portals on their behalf. Currently, we have contracts to provide portal outsourcing services for 23 states, and were recently awarded a new portal contract in New Jersey, which has not yet fully deployed. We enter into long-term contracts, typically three to five years, and manage operations for each government partner through separate subsidiaries that operate as decentralized businesses with a high degree of autonomy. Our portals consist of Web sites and applications that we build, which allow businesses and citizens to access government information online and complete transactions, including applying for a permit, retrieving driver's license records or filing a form or report. We help increase our government partners’ revenues by expanding the distribution of their information assets and increasing the number of financial transactions conducted with governments.  We do this by marketing portal services and soliciting users to complete government-based transactions and to enter into subscriber contracts that permit users to access the portal and the government information contained therein in exchange for transactional and/or subscription user fees. We are typically responsible for funding up-front investment and ongoing operations and maintenance costs of the government portals.  Our unique self-funding business model allows us to obtain revenues by sharing in the fees generated from eGovernment services. Our partners benefit because they reduce their financial and technology risks, increase their operational efficiencies and gain a centralized, customer-focused presence on the Internet. Businesses and citizens gain a faster, more convenient and more cost-effective means to interact with governments.

 
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On behalf of our government partners, we enter into separate agreements with various agencies and divisions of the government to provide specific services and to conduct specific transactions. These agreements preliminarily establish the pricing of the transaction and data access services we provide and the division of revenues between the Company and the government agency. The government must approve prices and revenue sharing agreements. We have limited control over the level of fees we are permitted to retain.  Any changes made to the amount or percentage of fees retained by us, or to the amounts charged for the services offered, could adversely affect the profitability of the respective contract to us.  We generally own all the applications developed under these contracts. After completion of a defined contract term, the government agency typically receives a perpetual, royalty-free license to the applications for use only. However, certain customer management, billing and payment processing software applications that we have developed and standardized centrally and that are utilized by our portal businesses, are being provided to an increasing number of our government partners on a software-as-a-service, or “SaaS,” basis, and thus would not be included in any royalty-free license.  If our contract were not renewed after a defined term, the government agency would be entitled to take over the portal in place with no future obligation of the Company, except for the services we provide on a SaaS basis, which would be available to our partners on a fee-for-service basis. We have begun to provide certain payment processing services on a SaaS basis to a few private sector companies and non-NIC portal states, and may continue to market these services to other entities in the future.  Historically, however, revenues from these services have been insignificant. In some cases, we enter into contracts to provide consulting, application development and portal management services to governments in exchange for an agreed-upon fee.
 
     Any renewal of these contracts beyond the initial term is optional and a government may terminate its contract prior to the expiration date upon specific cause events that are not cured within a specified period and, in certain circumstances, upon the passage of legislation.  Nine contracts under which we provide portal outsourcing services can be terminated without cause on a specified period of notice.  Collectively, revenues generated from contracts that can be terminated without cause represented 53% of our portal revenues for the three-month period ended March 31, 2010.  In the event that any of these contracts would be terminated without cause, the terms of the respective contract may require the government to pay a fee to us in order to continue to use our software in its portal.  In addition, the loss of one or more of our larger state portal partners, such as Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Utah or Virginia, as a result of the expiration, termination or failure to renew the respective contract, if such partner is not replaced, could significantly reduce our revenues and profitability.

 
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REVENUE RECOGNITION

We classify our revenues and cost of revenues into two categories: (1) portal and (2) software & services.  The portal category includes revenues and cost of revenues primarily from our subsidiaries operating government portals on an outsourced basis.  The software & services category includes revenues and cost of revenues primarily from our subsidiaries that provide software development and services other than portal outsourcing services to state and local governments, and includes NIC Technologies and NIC Conquest.  We currently derive revenues from three main sources: transaction-based fees, time and materials-based fees for application development and fixed fees for portal management services.  Each of these revenue types and the corresponding business models are further described below.

Our portal outsourcing businesses

We categorize our portal revenues according to the underlying source of revenue.  A brief description of each category follows:

·  
DMV transaction-based : these are transaction fees from the sale of electronic access to driver history records, referred to as DMV records, from our state portals to data resellers, insurance companies and other pre-authorized customers on behalf of our state partners, and are generally recurring.

·  
Non-DMV transaction-based : these are transaction fees from sources other than the sale of DMV records, for transactions conducted by business users and consumer users through our portals, and are generally recurring.  For a representative listing of non-DMV services we currently offer through our portals, refer to Part I, Item 1 in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the SEC on March 16, 2010.
 
·  
Portal management :  these are revenues from the performance of fixed fee portal management services for our government partners in the states of Arizona and Indiana, and are generally recurring.

·   
Portal software development : these are revenues from the performance of application development projects and other time and materials services for our government partners.  While we actively market these services, they do not have the same degree of predictability as our transaction-based or portal management revenues.  As a result, these revenues are excluded from our recurring portal revenue percentage.


 
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Our software & services businesses

NIC Technologies

NIC Technologies currently derives the majority of its revenues from time and materials application development and maintenance outsourcing contracts with the Federal Election Commission and the state of Michigan and recognizes revenues as services are provided.  During the third quarter of 2009, NIC Technologies entered into a new contract with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) to develop and manage a National Motor Carrier Pre-Employment Screening Program (“NMCPSP”).  The NMCPSP is currently expected to launch during the second quarter of 2010. The contract has an initial one-year term, with four single-year renewals at the option of the FMCSA.  The system will be developed and maintained using a self-funded, transaction-based business model. We currently expect to begin generating revenues under this new contract during the second quarter of 2010.

NIC Conquest

NIC Conquest derives the majority of its revenues from fixed-price application development contracts and recognizes revenues on the percentage of completion method.  NIC Conquest completed the maintenance and operations phase of its contract with the California Secretary of State (“California SOS”) effective December 31, 2009, and delivered a final release of its application to the California SOS for acceptance testing.  During the first quarter of 2010, the California SOS completed its acceptance testing and moved the final release into production.  As a result, NIC Conquest has no future obligations under this contract.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

There have been no material changes in our critical accounting policies and estimates from the information provided in Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the SEC on March 16, 2010.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion summarizes the significant factors affecting operating results for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009.  This discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and the related notes included in this Form 10-Q.

   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
Key Financial Metrics
  2010     2009  
Revenue growth – outsourced portals
    41 %     11 %
Same state revenue growth – outsourced portals
    6 %     10 %
Recurring portal revenue %
    89 %     91 %
Gross profit % - outsourced portals
    37 %     44 %
Selling & administrative expenses as % of total revenues
    19 %     23 %
Operating income margin % (operating income as a % of total revenues)
    15 %     17 %

 
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PORTAL REVENUES.  In the analysis below, we have categorized our portal revenues according to the underlying source of revenue (in thousands), with the corresponding percentage increase or decrease from the prior year period.

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
Portal Revenue Analysis
 
2010
 
% Change
 
2009
DMV transaction-based
 
$
                          16,870
 
36%
 
$
                          12,372
Non-DMV transaction-based
   
                          14,465
 
50%
   
                            9,616
Portal software development
   
                            3,961
 
60%
   
                            2,479
Portal management
   
                           1,890
 
(2%)
   
                           1,937
                 
Total
 
$
                         37,186
 
41%
  
$
                          26,404

Portal revenues in the current quarter increased 41%, or approximately $10.8 million, over the prior year quarter.  Of this increase, 35%, or approximately $9.2 million, was attributable to our newer portals, including Texas ($8.7 million, which includes DMV transaction-based revenues of $4.0 million, non-DMV transaction-based revenues of $3.1 million and portal software development revenues of $1.6 million), which began to generate revenues in June 2009, and New Mexico ($0.5 million), which began to generate DMV revenues in October 2009; and 6%, or approximately $1.6 million, was attributable to an increase in same state portal revenues (outsourced portals in operation and generating revenues for two full periods).
 
Same state portal revenues in the current quarter increased 6% over the prior year quarter primarily due to increased revenues from our Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, and South Carolina portals, among others.  Our same state revenue growth in the current quarter was lower than the 10% growth we achieved in the prior year quarter primarily due to lower portal software development revenues, which decreased 4% from the prior year, and to lower non-DMV transaction-based revenue growth.  The decrease in portal software development revenues in the current quarter was the result of a few significant non-recurring time and materials projects in the prior year.  Same state non-DMV transaction-based revenue growth was 19% in the current quarter, down from 28% in the prior year quarter, due in part to the launch of state-wide payment processing services for Alabama liquor stores during the fourth quarter of 2008 in addition to the deployment of other transaction-based services across our portal states, which led to higher non-DMV revenue growth in the prior year quarter.  In addition, same state DMV revenue growth in the current quarter was flat compared to 2% in the prior year quarter.  Absent DMV price increases, same state DMV revenues have historically grown at a rate of 1% to 3% per year.  We believe our DMV revenues in both the current and prior year quarters were negatively affected by the continued weakness in the broader macroeconomic conditions, which we expect may continue throughout 2010.

COST OF PORTAL REVENUES.  In the analysis below, we have categorized our cost of portal revenues between fixed and variable costs (in thousands), with the corresponding percentage increase or decrease from the prior year period.  Fixed costs include such costs as employee compensation, telecommunication and all other costs associated with the provision of dedicated client service such as dedicated facilities.  Variable costs consist of costs that vary with our level of portal revenues and primarily include bank fees required to process credit card and automated clearinghouse transactions and costs associated with revenue share arrangements with our state partners.

   
Three Months Ended March 31,
Cost of Portal Revenue Analysis
 
2010
 
% Change
 
2009
Fixed costs
 
$
16,342
 
46%
 
$
                           11,208
Variable costs
   
6,953
 
89%
   
                             3,684
                 
Total
 
$
23,295
 
56%
 
$
                           14,892
 
 
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Cost of portal revenues for the current quarter increased 56%, or approximately $8.4 million, over the prior year quarter.  Of this increase, 46%, or approximately $6.9 million, was attributable to our newer state portal businesses in Texas ($6.5 million, which includes fixed costs of $4.1 million and variable costs of $2.4 million) and New Mexico ($0.2 million) and other portal-related start-up costs ($0.2 million); and 10%, or $1.5 million, was attributable to an increase in same state cost of portal revenues.

The increase in same state cost of portal revenues in the current quarter was partially attributable to additional personnel in several of our portals due to our continued growth and reinvestment in our core business, coupled with increased employee compensation and benefit costs.  Also contributing to this increase was an increase in variable bank fees, particularly from our portals in Alabama, Colorado and South Carolina.  A growing percentage of our non-DMV transaction-based revenues are generated from online applications whereby users pay for information or transactions via credit cards.  We typically earn a percentage of the credit card transaction amount, but also must pay an associated fee to the bank that processes the credit card transaction.  We earn a lower gross profit percentage on these transactions as compared to our other non-DMV applications.  However, we plan to continue to implement these services as they contribute favorably to our operating income growth.

Our portal gross profit percentage was 37% in the current year quarter, down from 44% in the prior year quarter.  The decrease in 2010 was due to the increase in cost of portal revenues, as described above.  In addition, the portal gross profit percentage from our new Texas portal business was lower than our company-wide average.  We also incurred approximately $0.2 million of portal-related start-up costs, as discussed above.  We carefully monitor our portal gross profit percentage to strike the balance between generating a solid return for our stockholders and delivering value to our government partners through reinvestment in our portal operations (which we believe also benefits our stockholders).  We currently expect our portal gross profit percentage to be in the mid to upper 30% range in 2010, primarily reflecting lower margins from the Texas portal business, which commenced a new seven-year contract on January 1, 2010.
 
SOFTWARE & SERVICES REVENUES.  In the analysis below, we have categorized our software & services revenues by business (in thousands), with the corresponding percentage increase or decrease from the prior year period.

   
Three Months Ended March 31,
Software & Services Revenue Analysis
 
2010
 
% Change
 
2009
                 
NIC Technologies
 
$
731
 
8%
 
$
679
NIC Conquest
   
180
 
18%
   
153
Other
   
159
 
(9%)
   
174
                 
Total
 
$
1,070
 
6%
 
$
1,006
 
 
Software & services revenues in the current quarter increased 6%, or approximately $0.1 million, over the prior year quarter.  This increase was primarily due to additional projects for the Federal Election Commission.

COST OF SOFTWARE & SERVICES REVENUES.  Cost of software & services revenues in the current quarter increased 51%, or approximately $0.3 million, over the prior year quarter.  This increase was primarily attributable to additional start-up costs related to the new contract with the FMCSA ($0.5 million), offset partially by lower expenses from NIC Conquest ($0.2 million) which was attributable to the completion of the maintenance and operations phase of its contract with the California SOS as of December 31, 2009.
 
 

 
 
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SELLING & ADMINISTRATIVE.  Selling & administrative expenses in the current quarter increased 16%, or approximately $1.0 million, over the prior year quarter.  This increase was primarily attributable to higher incentive compensation and benefit expense (including stock-based compensation for annual grants of restricted stock to certain management-level employees, executive officers and non-employee directors totaling $0.8 million and $0.4 million in the current and prior year quarters), and sales commissions for new business wins.  In connection with the SEC investigation and related Audit Committee review of expense reporting by certain officers of our Company and certain related matters described in Note 6 in the Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and Part II, Item 1in this Form 10-Q, the Company has incurred professional fees and expenses for the Company and certain of its current and former officers pursuant to advancement of expense provisions in our bylaws.  Selling & administrative expenses for the current and prior year quarters include approximately $0.7 million and $0.4 million, respectively, of legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with the ongoing SEC investigation and Audit Committee review.  To date, the Company has incurred $3.0 million in expenses related to this matter.  Such expenses may be expected to continue until the SEC resolves this matter with each of the parties who received Wells Notices and until the Audit Committee completes its review of expense reimbursements to Jeffery Fraser, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, during the period from 1999 to 2003.  At such time, the Company will make a determination as to the right to receive indemnification by each of its current and former officers which may result in repayment of expenses pursuant to their respective undertakings to repay amounts advanced to them if their conduct did not satisfy the standards for receiving indemnification.

In March 2010, the Company's directors and officers liability insurance carrier informally advised the Company that it may reimburse the Company for certain expenses incurred prior to the issuance of the Wells Notices on March 9, 2010 and would reimburse the Company for certain expenses incurred after that time, subject to certain conditions, including application of the $250,000 retention in the insurance policy and the policy limits, the carrier's review of applicable invoices and the carrier's approval of separate counsel for the different insured parties. With respect to expenses incurred prior to the issuance of the Wells Notices, the carrier informally advised that it may reimburse expenses incurred by the Company after the commencement of the formal SEC investigation in June 2008 on behalf of current officers of the Company who received Wells Notices and Mr. Fraser, but excluding the Company's own expenses, and possibly excluding expenses incurred by the Company on behalf of Eric Bur, former Chief Financial Officer of the Company. With respect to expenses incurred after the issuance of the Wells Notices, the carrier informally advised that it would reimburse expenses incurred by the Company, the current officers of the Company who received Wells Notices, Mr. Fraser and Mr. Bur, subject to certain conditions as described above. The Company has not excluded any expenses incurred through March 31, 2010 in connection with the SEC investigation from selling & administrative expenses, pending formal notice from the carrier as to the expenses that will be reimbursed by the carrier. To the extent that the carrier agrees to reimburse the Company for expenses previously recorded in selling & administrative expenses, the Company will treat any such reimbursements as a reduction of selling & administrative expenses in the period such reimbursement is determined to be likely. There can be no assurance that all future expenses or liabilities, if any, incurred by the Company in connection with the SEC investigation will be covered by applicable insurance policies.
 
     As a percentage of total revenues, selling & administrative expenses were 19% in the current quarter compared to 23% in the prior year quarter.  The decrease in selling & administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenues in the current quarter was primarily a result of significant incremental revenues from the new Texas portal (which totalled $8.7 million for the current quarter). We currently expect selling & administrative costs as a percentage of total revenue to range from 17% to 18% in 2010, which reflects historical levels of modest corporate overhead growth.

AMORTIZATION OF ACQUISITION-RELATED INTANGIBLE ASSETS.  We recognized intangible asset amortization expense of approximately $0.1 million related to certain portal management contracts for the state of Texas, which we acquired in the second quarter of 2009, as further discussed in Note 3 in the Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements in this Form 10-Q.
 
 
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DEPRECIATION & AMORTIZATION.  Depreciation & amortization expense in the current quarter increased 16%, or approximately $0.1 million, over the prior year quarter.  This increase was primarily attributable to capital expenditures in the current and prior periods for normal fixed asset additions in our outsourced portal business, including Web servers, purchased software and office furniture and equipment to support and enhance corporate-wide information technology security and portal operations, and amortization of capitalized internal use computer software that has been placed in service.

As a percentage of total revenues, depreciation & amortization was 3% in both the current and prior year quarters.  We currently expect depreciation and amortization expense as a percentage of total revenues to be 3% in 2010, as we will continue to make key information technology infrastructure and security investments to support the long-term expansion of our portal business.
 
Liquidity and Capital Resources

Operating Activities

Net cash used in operating activities was $3.4 million in the current quarter while net cash provided by operating activities was $5.7 million in the prior year quarter.  The decrease in cash flow from operations in the current period was primarily the result of the timing of payments in 2010 for sales commissions and quarterly estimated income tax payments, which increased prepaid expenses and other current assets; the timing of payments in 2010 for management-level incentive compensation pursuant to 2009 performance and 401(k) Company matching contributions, which reduced accrued expenses; and the timing of payments to our government partners, which reduced accounts payable.  Accounts payable at the end of fiscal 2009 was temporarily high due in part to an increase in fourth quarter 2009 tax payment processing from tax filing applications, primarily in Hawaii.  Such tax payments are frequently made via ACH or credit cards at the end of the year.  The majority of these year-end tax receipts were remitted to our government partners in early January 2010.  Although operating cash flows were negative $3.4 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2010, we currently expect to have positive cash flows from operations for the remainder of 2010.

We had a history of unprofitable operations prior to 2003 primarily due to operating losses incurred in our software & services businesses.  These losses generated significant federal and state tax net operating losses, or NOLs.  As a result of our NOL carryforwards, we did not pay federal income taxes in 2009, with the exception of the alternative minimum tax, and were paying income taxes in only certain states.  This positively impacted our operating cash flow during the first quarter of 2009.  The Company fully utilized its federal NOL carryforwards in 2009 and made significantly higher estimated quarterly tax payments in the first quarter of 2010.  For the three-month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, combined federal and state income tax payments totaled approximately $3.1 million and $0.8 million, respectively.

Investing Activities

Investing activities in the current quarter primarily reflect $0.9 million of capital expenditures, which was for normal fixed asset additions in our outsourced portal business, including Web servers, purchased software and office equipment. In addition, we capitalized approximately $0.1 million of internal-use software development costs related to the standardization of customer management, billing and payment processing systems that support our portal operations and accounting systems.  Investing activities in the prior year quarter primarily reflect $0.5 million of capital expenditures, which were for normal fixed asset additions in our outsourced portal business.
 
 
 
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Financing Activities

Financing activities in the current quarter primarily reflect payment of the $19.3 million special cash dividend in February 2010, partially offset by the receipt of $0.7 million in proceeds from our employee stock purchase program and tax deductions of approximately $0.1 million related to stock-based compensation.  Financing activities in the prior year quarter primarily reflect the payment of the $19.2 million special cash dividend in February 2009, partially offset by the receipt of $0.5 million in proceeds from our employee stock purchase program.

Liquidity

We recognize revenue primarily from providing outsourced government portal services net of the transaction fees due to the government when the services are provided. The fees that we must remit to the government are accrued as accounts payable and accounts receivable at the time services are provided. As a result, trade accounts payable and accounts receivable reflect the gross amounts outstanding at the balance sheet dates. Gross billings for the three-months ended March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 were approximately $492.6   million and $453.5 million, respectively.  The Company calculates days sales outstanding by dividing trade accounts receivable at the balance sheet date by gross billings for the period and multiplying the resulting quotient by the number of days in that period.  Days sales outstanding for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 were 7 and 8, respectively.
 
We believe that working capital is an important measure of our short-term liquidity.  Working capital, defined as current assets minus current liabilities, decreased to $41.2 million at March 31, 2010, from $55.2 million at December 31, 2009.  Our current ratio, defined as current assets divided by current liabilities, at March 31, 2010 was 1.8 compared to 2.0 at December 31, 2009.  The decrease in our working capital and current ratio was primarily attributable to the $19.3 million special dividend paid out of our available cash and cash equivalents in the current quarter, as further discussed below and in Note 4 in the Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Form 10-Q.

At March 31, 2010, our total cash and cash equivalent balance was $45.7 million compared to $68.6 million at December 31, 2009.  We believe that our currently available liquid resources and cash generated from operations will be sufficient to meet our operating requirements, capital expenditure requirements, current growth initiatives and special dividend payments (if any) for at least the next twelve months without the need of additional capital.  We have a $10 million unsecured revolving credit facility with a bank.  This revolving credit facility is available to finance working capital, issue letters of credit and finance general corporate purposes.  We can obtain letters of credit in an aggregate amount of $5 million, which reduces the maximum amount available for borrowing under the facility.  In total, we had $1.9 million in available capacity to issue additional letters of credit and $6.9 million of unused borrowing capacity at March 31, 2010 under the facility.  The credit facility expires in May 2011.  However, letters of credit may have an expiration date of up to one year beyond the expiration date of the credit agreement.
 
On February 1, 2010, our Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.30 per share, payable to stockholders of record as of February 16, 2010.  On February 26, 2010, we paid the special cash dividend totalling approximately $19.3 million out of available cash.  We do not believe that this dividend will have a significant effect on our future liquidity.  However, we may need to raise additional capital within the next twelve months to further:

·  
fund operations if unforeseen costs arise;

·  
support our expansion into other states and government agencies beyond what is contemplated if unforeseen opportunities arise;

·  
expand our product and service offerings beyond what is contemplated if unforeseen opportunities arise;

·  
respond to unforeseen competitive pressures; and

·  
acquire technologies beyond what is contemplated.
 
 
 

 
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Any projections of future earnings and cash flows are subject to substantial uncertainty. If our cash, cash generated from operations and the unused portion of our line of credit are insufficient to satisfy our liquidity requirements, we may seek to sell additional equity securities or issue debt securities.  The sale of additional equity securities could result in dilution to the Company's stockholders.  Recently, credit and capital markets have experienced unusual volatility and disruption, and equity and debt financing have become more expensive and difficult to obtain. There can be no assurance that financing will be available in amounts or on terms acceptable to the Company, if at all.
 
We issue letters of credit as collateral for performance on certain of our outsourced government portal contracts, as collateral for certain performance bonds and as collateral for certain office leases.  These irrevocable letters of credit are generally in force for one year.  We had unused outstanding letters of credit totaling approximately $3.1 million at March 31, 2010.  We are not currently required to cash collateralize these letters of credit.  However, even though we currently expect to be profitable in fiscal 2010 and beyond, we may not be able to sustain or increase profitability on a quarterly or annual basis.  We will need to generate sufficient revenues while containing costs and operating expenses if we are to achieve sustained profitability.  If we are not able to sustain profitability, our cash collateral requirements may increase.  Had we been required to post 100% cash collateral at March 31, 2010 for the face value of all performance bonds (which are partially supported by letters of credit), letters of credit that do not support performance bonds and our line of credit in conjunction with a corporate credit card agreement, unrestricted cash would have decreased by approximately $7.6 million and would have been classified as restricted cash.

           At March 31, 2010, we were bound by performance bond commitments totaling approximately $4.5 million on certain government portal outsourcing contracts.  These performance bonds are collateralized by a $1.0 million letter of credit.  We have never had any defaults resulting in draws on performance bonds or letters of credit.
 
 
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements, Contractual Obligations and Income Tax Uncertainties

We do not have off-balance sheet arrangements that are not recorded or disclosed in our financial statements.  While we have significant operating lease commitments for office space, those commitments are generally tied to the period of performance under related contracts.  We have income tax uncertainties of approximately $0.5 million at March 31, 2010.  These obligations are classified as non-current liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet, as resolution is expected to take more than a year.  We estimate that these matters could be resolved in one to three years.  However, the ultimate timing of resolution is uncertain.

RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

Refer to Note 1 in the Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Form 10-Q for a description of recent accounting pronouncements.
 
 
ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

INTEREST RATE RISK.  Our cash and cash equivalents are subject to market risk due to changes in interest rates.  Cash held in sweep accounts is invested primarily in U.S. government money market accounts that purchase U.S. agency instruments or direct obligations of the U.S. Treasury or repurchase agreements secured by U.S. agency instruments.  Interest rates related to these floating rate securities may produce less income than expected if interest rates fall.  Current yields associated with these securities have decreased significantly due to the increased demand for more conservative investments in light of the current credit crisis.  Due in part to these factors, our future interest income may fall short of expectations due to changes in interest rates, but is not expected to materially impact results of operations.

Borrowings under our line of credit bear interest at a floating rate. Interest on amounts borrowed is payable at a base rate equal to the higher of the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.5% or the bank’s prime rate.  We currently have no principal amounts of indebtedness outstanding under our line of credit.

We do not use derivative financial instruments.  A 10% change in interest rates would not have a material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
 
 
 
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ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
 
a)  
EVALUATION OF DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) that are designed to ensure that material information required to be disclosed in its filings under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer's management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.  Based on this evaluation, our principal executive officer and our principal financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of such date.
 
 b) CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during our first fiscal quarter of 2010 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 As discussed in Note 6 in the Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements in this Form 10-Q and Item 1A, Item 3 and Note 8 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the SEC on March 16, 2010, we have been the subject of a formal SEC investigation of expense reporting by certain officers of our Company and certain potentially related matters. In connection with that investigation, a review has been undertaken by the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside, independent counsel, focused on such expense reporting. The Audit Committee has completed its review for the period from 2004 through June 2007 and is further reviewing expense reimbursement to Jeffrey Fraser, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, for 1999 through 2003. On March 9, 2010, the Company and Harry H. Herington, the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen M. Kovzan, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, and William F. Bradley, Jr., the Company's Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, and certain other former officers of the Company, received "Wells Notices" from the staff of the Division of Enforcement of the SEC .   A Wells Notice provides recipients with an opportunity to respond to issues raised in an investigation prior to any decision by the SEC on bringing an enforcement action, and is neither a formal allegation nor a finding of wrongdoing. The Company and the Officers provided their responsive Wells Submissions to the SEC in April 2010.
 
 
 
 
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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
 
The following risk factor disclosure is in addition to the risks in “CAUTIONS ABOUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS” in Part I and “RISK FACTORS” in Part I, Item 1A of NIC’s 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2010 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and should be read in conjunction with those disclosures.
 
We may become subject to liability under rules and standards for processing electronic direct debit payments from bank accounts and credit card payments. 

Our electronic check processing for online payments made by direct debit to a bank account is governed by rules and standards promulgated by the National Automated Clearing House Association, or NACHA, an industry trade association of banking institutions and regional automated clearing house associations. Under those rules, we may become potentially liable for failing to handle transactions in accordance with those rules, or for failing to return funds within the prescribed time frame to the bank account of the person or entity disputing our authorization to debit those funds, before the dispute regarding our authorization is resolved. Our agreements with governmental agencies at the state, federal, and local levels transfer this obligation for rapid funds return during dispute resolution to the government agencies affected, but in the event that such return does not happen, we may be potentially liable notwithstanding the government’s failure, and we may not be able to obtain reimbursement from the government involved or from the individual user or entity that initiated the debit without authorization. If this were to happen, our business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition may be adversely affected.  Our credit and debit card processing is also subject to the applicable rules of the particular card association or clearinghouse and applicable law.  If our interpretations, or those of our government partners, of any laws, rules, regulations or standards are incorrect, we could be exposed to significant financial liability, substantial fines and penalties, cease and desist orders, and other sanctions that could restrict or eliminate our ability to provide certain of our services in one or more states or accept certain types of transactions in one or more states, or could force us to make costly changes to our business practices.  Even if we are not forced to change our business practices, the costs of compliance and obtaining necessary licenses and regulatory approvals, could be substantial.
 
ITEM 2.  UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

(c)           During the first quarter of 2010, the Company acquired shares of common stock surrendered by employees to pay income taxes due upon the vesting of restricted stock or the exercise of options as follows:

 
 
 
 
Period
 
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased
   
 
Average Price Paid per Share
   
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs
   
Maximum Number (or Approximate Dollar Value) of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs
 
January 29, 2010
    1,895     $ 8.48       N/A       N/A  
February 3, 2010
    10,608     $ 8.50       N/A       N/A  
February 4, 2010
    5,614     $ 8.24       N/A       N/A  
March 4, 2010
    6,550     $ 7.25       N/A       N/A  

 
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ITEM 5.  OTHER INFORMATION

The Company held its Annual Meeting of stockholders on May 4, 2010.  At the meeting, the following matters were voted upon by the stockholders:

1.  
The election of seven (7) Directors to serve for the upcoming year; and

2.  
A proposal to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2010.
 

The following were the Company’s nominees voted upon and elected by the holders of the Company’s common stock: Harry H. Herington, Art N. Burtscher, Daniel J. Evans, Ross C. Hartley, Alexander C. Kemper, William M. Lyons and Pete Wilson.  In the election of the directors, there were 45,291,305 votes “for” Harry H. Herington and 1,894,350 votes “withheld”; 46,569,359 votes “for” Art N. Burtscher and 616,296 votes “withheld”; 46,192,961 votes “for” Daniel J. Evans and 992,694 votes “withheld”; 46,228,349 votes “for” Ross C. Hartley and 957,306 votes “withheld”; 46,585,867 votes “for” Alexander C. Kemper and 599,788 votes “withheld”; 46,589,031 votes “for” William M. Lyons and 596,624 votes “withheld” and 46,192,424 votes “for” Pete Wilson and 993,231 votes “withheld”.

The total votes cast pertaining to the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2010 were as follows: 58,350,678 votes “for”, 613,024 votes “against” and 22,024 abstained


ITEM 6.  EXHIBITS

10.1
 
Amendment to Registrant's 1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
     
31.1
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
31.2
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
32.1
 
Section 906 Certifications of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
 
 

 
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

NIC INC.

Dated:  May 7, 2010                                                                                                 /s/Stephen M. Kovzan
   Stephen M. Kovzan
   Chief Financial Officer

 
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NIC Inc.
EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit Number
 
Description of Exhibit
     
10.1
 
Amendment to Registrant's 1999 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
     
31.1
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
31.2
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
     
32.1
 
Section 906 Certifications of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer



 


 
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Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION

I, Harry H. Herington, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of NIC Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant's other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant's other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 7, 2010

/s/ Harry H. Herington
Harry H. Herington
Chief Executive Officer

 
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Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION

I, Stephen M. Kovzan, certify that

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of NIC Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant's other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant's other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 7, 2010

/s/ Stephen M. Kovzan
Stephen M. Kovzan
Chief Financial Officer

 
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Exhibit 32.1

Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C Section 1350,
As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

The undersigned Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of NIC Inc. (the “Company) each hereby certifies, pursuant to 18 U.S.C Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

(1) the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)); and

(2) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 
 
Dated: May 7, 2010

/s/ Harry H. Herington
Harry H. Herington
Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Stephen M. Kovzan
Stephen M. Kovzan
Chief Financial Officer





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AMENDMENT TO THE
NIC INC. EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN


A.           NIC Inc., a Delaware corporation, (the "Company") adopted the NIC Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the "Plan") in 1999 to give employees of the Company the opportunity to purchase stock of the Company.

B.           The Company desires to amend the Plan, effective for offerings beginning on and after April 1, 2010, to comply with certain final Treasury regulations relating to employee stock purchase plans intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code.

C.           Section 13(a) of the Plan permits the Board of Directors of the Company to amend the Plan at any time.

AMENDMENTS

Effective April 1, 2010, the Plan is hereby amended as set forth below:

1.           A new Section 5(e) shall be inserted as provided below and the current Section 5(e) shall be renumbered to be Section 5(f):

(e)               In no event shall an employee be entitled to purchase, for any Offering, more than the lesser of (i) 25,000 shares, or (ii) the maximum number of shares permitted to be purchased under Section 5(f) below.

2.           At the beginning of Section 6(a), the following phrase shall be added, " Subject to the limitations set forth in Sections 5(e) and (f), ".

3.           In all other respects, the Plan shall remain in effect and following execution of this Amendment, the Plan shall be restated with the above changes incorporated therein.

The Company has adopted this Amendment on February 1, 2010.

   
   



 
 

 


 
 

 

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION

I, Harry H. Herington, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of NIC Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant's other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant's other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 7, 2010

/s/ Harry H. Herington
Harry H. Herington
Chief Executive Officer

 
 

 



 
 

 


 
 

 

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION

I, Stephen M. Kovzan, certify that

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of NIC Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant's other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant's other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 7, 2010

/s/ Stephen M. Kovzan
Stephen M. Kovzan
Chief Financial Officer

 
 

 



 
 

 


 
 

 

Exhibit 32.1

Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C Section 1350,
As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

The undersigned Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of NIC Inc. (the “Company) each hereby certifies, pursuant to 18 U.S.C Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

(1) the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 (the “Report”) fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)); and

(2) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 
 
Dated: May 7, 2010

/s/ Harry H. Herington
Harry H. Herington
Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Stephen M. Kovzan
Stephen M. Kovzan
Chief Financial Officer